The Happytime Murders

So the Happytime Murders was released in theatres this weekend and I saw it.

Oof. This movie was just plain old frustrating to watch. My personal takeaway from this movie is how utterly unrefined it was. And not just in the fact that it takes the idea of a raunchy comedy and leans heavily into it like so much that it was the only thing they marketed about it, but it felt like every joke and story point never made it past a first draft. Like something would get suggested by the writers and at no point did anyone ask, “Can we make this joke better? Does this really fit into our story?”. This resulted in a story absolutely full of cliche and holes, and an endless supply of jokes that fall horrifically flat and even worse most of these jokes that fall so flat are repeated over and over again because it’s not like anyone could be bothered to write unique jokes to fill out the runtime of this movie.

Just to give you an idea of how little thought went into this script there is a scene where Melissa McCarthy’s character, a detective for the LAPD is told by an FBI agent to “turn in her gun and badge”. The fact that no one in the writer’s room thought to point out that it makes no sense whatsoever for an FBI agent to demand the badge of someone in an entirely different police department just highlights how thoughtless and dispassionate everything about this movie is.

I honestly don’t want to spend that much more time thinking about this movie because it was such a piece of garbage. The performances are all brutal, once again the talents of Melissa McCarthy are utterly wasted. There is absolutely nothing interesting happening with the camera in terms of cinematography or camera movement.

To put it simply, this movie is like if I jumped on a grenade not to save others from the explosion, but rather just to confirm that it was, in fact, a grenade and now it’s blown up in my face. I hope I never have to hear another word about this dump of a movie again unless its to see it win a “worst movie of the year” award. Screw this garbage, 1/10. I gotta go rewatch some good movies to cleanse my palate.

I pretend like I’ve got things figured out when really I’m making it up as I go. Honest to goodness truth.

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